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Top 5 Tips for a Healthier Holiday

Between all the pies, cookies, Christmas hams and latkes – it is easy to gorge on food during the holiday season. But you shouldn’t let the holiday season be a time to overindulge. Here are some tips so you can have a healthier holiday season.

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will sit down at the table and gawk over all the goodies they are planning to cram in their gullet. The holiday might seem as familiar as singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the “Seventh Inning Stretch” or packing a finger in ice that was blown off by a firework on the Fourth of July. However, like all traditions based on history and passed down through the ages, its genesis and story has been morphed and changed to fit the times.

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Why We Eat What We Eat – Stories Behind Traditional Thanksgiving Foods

 

If you're like most Americans, your Thanksgiving dinner table will include at least a few basic items — turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the like. But have you ever thought about why we eat those foods on Thanksgiving? Or, for that matter, why turkey is called “turkey”?

In order to answer these hard-hitting questions and maybe even give you some interesting small-talk for the table, here are the stories behind the traditional Thanksgiving foods.

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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

In recent studies, lab animals who have been fed a diet of sugary and fatty snacks show the classic signs of addiction, and brain scans of obese humans show the same disturbances in their reward circuits as the brains that are found in drug addicts.

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What Is the World’s Most Stolen Food?

According to a new report from the Center for Retail Research, the most frequently stolen food on the planet is… cheese.

The report says four percent of the protein and calcium-rich (not to mention tasty) food winds up being shoplifted worldwide every year, besting the theft-rates for other items like candy and alcohol and causing cheese to be labeled “high risk” for retailers.

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1,600-Pound Giant Pumpkin Takes Top Prize at New England Contest [VIDEO]

At this year’s New England Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off in Rhode Island, a boulder-sized monster pumpkin weighing in at more than 1,600 pounds took the top prize. Gourd almighty!

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US Government Mandates Fast Food Nutrition Labeling

In an effort to help people make more informed choices when eating away from home, the federal government is introducing mandatory nutrition labeling for fast food menus and vending machines.

Items sold at movie theaters are exempt, which is odd given what calorie bombs those snacks can be.

The problem is that few Americans pay much attention to the nutrition labeling on even the packaged foods brought into their homes.

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